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CONTENT WARNING: This post mentions self-harm and suicide.
Because there are so many different levels and severities of depression, everyone goes through their depression differently. Some people have high-functioning depression. Others can’t even get out of bed.
But one thing is for certain, depression is not a fun, trendy thing to have. It tries to destroy every part of you from the inside out. It’s hard to do even the most simplest things.
Here are 6 things I accomplish every day, despite having my depression:
6 Things I Accomplish Every Day Despite My Depression
1. I got out of bed every morning.
If it weren’t for my dogs, I wouldn’t get out of bed. I usually lay in bed an hour before I even get up every morning. I’ll just close my eyes and pretend I don’t have to live this way.
But my dogs rely on me every single day. I need to let them outside. I need to feed them. They need fresh water, love, and attention.
If it weren’t for me, they would have nothing. I would never let them suffer. No matter how much I’m suffering.
2. I brushed my teeth.
I don’t know why, but it takes so much motivation and determination to brush my teeth. I’ll go into my bathroom and walk past my toothbrush multiple times a day, but I can’t find the energy to pick up my damn toothbrush.
I’m lucky if I brush my teeth more than once a day. I’m extremely lucky if I floss, and I used to be an avid flosser who flossed every single day.
I know my health is declining because of this, but I just can’t find it in me when my depression in plaguing my bloodstream.
3. I took a shower.
I prefer taking bubble baths, because they help my mental health a lot. However, baths don’t make me feel as clean. My hair goes down all the way down to my hips, so I need to take a shower in order to wash my hair.
A shower is so much harder for me than taking a bath. Just standing and moving my body is enough to tire me out. By the end of my shower, I want to lay down for the rest of the day,
4. I ate something.
About a year ago, I lost 15 pounds in a couple months due to stress and emotional pain. I’m only 5 feet tall, so a weight loss like that was very significant. People even made comments about how sunken in my face looked.
Because of my depression, I hardly ever have any appetite anymore. When I actually do eat something, I can’t eat that much because I automatically feel full.
I feel so proud of myself for eating my fruit and vegetables over processed foods. I can tell that it makes a huge difference.
5. I worked on my blog.
My blog is my job. My income relies heavily on how much effort I put into my work. If I don’t put the effort it, I don’t get paid.
A lot of people don’t realize that there’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes. It’s not just writing a post and hitting publish.
You have to research, take photos and edit them, and research some more. You have to constantly promote and network, and network and promote. It’s the never-ending cycle of blogging.
You’ll never realize how much effort it takes to blog until you try blogging, especially when you try it full-time. Add depression to the mix, and it’s a whole new ballgame.
Sidenote: If you want to make money blogging, you can!
The best way to make money through blogging is to have a WordPress, self-hosted blog. Making money on any free blogging platforms, such as Blogger, is very difficult. Most companies don’t view them as professional as self-hosted WordPress blogs. In fact, most of the networks on this list only work if you’re self-hosted and own your domain.
Why I’ve chosen to use Bluehost for the past two years:
- It’s extremely affordable by starting at $3.75 per month
- WordPress through Bluehost is free (HUGE savings!)
- You’ll get a free blog domain
- You’ll look more professional
You get to earn money from your blog
6. I didn’t relapse.
Do you know how hard it is to constantly battle against the thoughts in your head? Every single day, my brain wants to destroy me.
But I didn’t give in to my self-harm urges. I didn’t listen to the voices telling me to give up on my life. No matter how much my brain was persuading me, I did not give in.
Even if all I did was get out of bed to feed my dogs, that’s something to be incredibly proud of.
What ways do you battle your depression every day? Let us know in the comments below!
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